Financials of Laura-N-Sasha

Laura-n-Sasha at CES 2016

Laura-n-Sasha at CES 2016

Our Expenses of Laura & Sasha’s Excellent Adventure

We have always kept a record of what we spend each month and post it on the website.

In the beginning, we followed the principles of Your Money or Your Life, Transforming Your Relationship with Money (YMOYL). While we still use the guidelines of YMOYL, we do not show our income online. It should not feel weird, but it does.

We were able to live an RVing Lifestyle because we sold our stick&brick home in 2007, and moved into our Truck Camper. Sasha worked for two more years and we were able to save a camper full of money. When he retired from his career as an AudioVisual Designer, he was 52. In our circles, that age was way too young.

However, who really retires? Do you retire from the rat race of consumer living, of working for the man, whomever that is? The dictionaries get the word retire wrong: to cease to work, to leave one’s job, to withdraw from, to cancel, to retreat. All very negative words.

Instead, let’s say we are at financial independence (FI) from a 9-5 job. We may work during the summer so that we can have the winter to explore. Others might work part-time at something they enjoy. I think the enjoying part of whatever you do is the real crux of the issue.

Now some people might do a job they hate, so that they can make loads of money. What happens to yourself, your body, your spirit, your soul, whatever, if you follow that path? Do you become a scrooge, or a…dread the word…Consumer? Or do you save as much as possible, so that you can leave that job in a few years to do what you really want to do?

What I found is I enjoy reporting about our financials, our expenses, to show other that they too can have an RVing Lifestyle. Our Laura & Sasha’s Excellent Adventure can be yours too.

Our Financials

Unfortunately, I did not have spreadsheets in 2005 and 2006, only really started with them in 2007. So far I have the expenses for the first four years. Please come back often as this will be updated regularly.

The year pages will be linked to this page, the months to the year. It will be interesting to see it come together.

The Below Table shows our regular expenses for each year. The first four years show a definite pattern. Food and clothing stay about the same, Shelter is high in the beginning. But really the two biggest expenditures that keep rising are Communication and Health. At least that is what I see from the first four years.

Expenses of First Six Years
YR Food Clothing Shelter Vehicles Commun
2007 6133.15 332.74 25569.91 5936.16 1268.22
2008 6601.74 201.55 2688.88 11272.41 1268.36
2009 6348.78 247.98 4259.73 7982.67 3396.39
2010 6104.44 357.63 8422.87 9545.15 3213.65
2011 6999.10 641.18 5149.89 12674.30 3742.98
2012 6473.53 619.29 5531.30 17565.52 1886.70
Expenses of First Six Years
YR Health Rec Fees 1 Time Totals
2007 2837.07 1404.50 1739.29 45052.08
2008 2299.25 4203.60 1461.39 4900.00 29997.17
2009 3526.80 1481.98 4174.93 35883.57 67302.84
2010 4292.84 1144.39 209.46 6649.07 40027.52
2011 4113.99 1493.17 1296.28 1086.25 36110.88
2012 5325.16 2735.68 1488.49 5700.00 47325.68

Would you consider putting your own expenses out there for the world to see? Someday, I might get the guts to show our income too. If you go to each of these pages: 2007, 2008, 20092010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 you will see the total expenses And what we were able to save each year.

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